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InMenlo contributing reporter Kate Flanagan (middle in photo, top) wrote about her stage debut in the M-A senior fashion show, expressing that despite being camera shy and not much a dancer, she was having a great time. And that attitude showed when it came to the actual show. Kate pranced about on stage with classmates Aarthi Popat (left) and Julia Chang (right).

Emails Kate’s mom, Becky: “They are wearing clothes from Cassis. The stores are so generous in lending clothes for the show. I was the ‘store mom’ for Cassis and went with the girls to the store for them to select the clothes. The women at Cassis were so nice and made the girls feel special.”

Equally shining was InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles (left) and daughter Lauren McGinnis in the parent/student segment. Emails Greta Kim, who caught Irene and Lauren in action: “I’m learning photography; I just take shots as a side hobby, not a professional like Irene. The down lighting was tough, but I did my best to keep all that movement in focus. The ones of Irene and Lauren are cute…Irene is always the photographer, so getting a few of her and Lauren was a nice change.”

Top photo by Dr. Kay N. Chang; side photo by Greta Kim

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Making my M-Ark in the 2017 Menlo-Atherton High School’s Senior Fashion Show

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Other than a few scattered dance and piano recitals in elementary school, I have never performed on stage. That will change this Saturday, April 1. I will be ending my decade-long hiatus to perform in Menlo-Atherton’s annual Senior Fashion Show along with about 170 of my classmates. Over three performances (1:00, 4:00 and 7:30 pm), the […]

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Be aM-Azing fashion show takes place March 19

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The 2016 M-A Fashion Show takes place on Saturday, March 19, in the Performing Arts Center. There will be three performances: 1 :00 pm (preceded by a catered luncheon), 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm The fashion show is a professionally choreographed, high-energy production that stars the senior class. For over 35 years, the fashion show has […]

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Preemadonna’s Nailbot prints art on fingernails using a smartphone

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Co-founder Pree Walia (left in photo) of Menlo Park startup Preemadonna is surprised at how many people don’t get the play on words of her company’s name. “Prima donna may have a negative connotation now,” she said. “But it means First Lady in Italian. And women can feel like prima donnas when they get their […]

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Carley Rydberg draws from her background in fashion design to launch clothing line

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Atherton resident Carley Rydberg set a goal for herself. By 40, she would shift from being a full-time mom to starting her own business, specifically as a fashion designer. She’s on the threshold of achieving that goal. “We moved to the Bay Area from Singapore, and that’s where I studied fashion design and had my first [of three] […]

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Shady Lane thrives in its new Sharon Heights Shopping Center location

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Earlier this year, the Shady Lane gift shop moved from its bustling downtown Palo Alto location to a quieter storefront in Menlo Park. The store, which now resides in an octagonal building in the Sharon Heights Shopping Center, features an “eclectic mix of beautiful items at all prices,” owner Alice Deutscher explains. Before opening, Alice […]

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From an Atherton studio, comes Lauren & Gracia Jewelry, sold locally and nationally

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Lauren Roskoph (right in photo) and Gracia Mahan met about 15 years ago at a jewelry fabrication and casting class and quickly discovered that not only were their kids at the same school, their fathers had both been into woodworking and their mothers into art. “We had a lot of crossover,” said Gracia. A trip […]

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Origami crane dresses are one highlight of successful M-A fashion show

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Menlo=Atherton High School seniors Katrina Wijaya and Misato Muraoka (profiled earlier this month) not only took part in this year’s fashion show but they modeled the dresses they designed using origami cranes. The fashion show, chaired this year by Karen Fryling, Michelle Culhane, Nancy Kessler and Mary Fischer, is the PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. […]

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M-A fashion show spotlights student talent on stage and behind the scenes

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When Mary Fischer took the job as creative co-chair for Menlo-Atherton High School’s annual fashion show, she was told by her fellow co-chairs Michele Culhane, Karen Fryling and Nancy Kessler that everything creative in the show would be up to her. She recalls thinking, “‘Well, this is a fashion show to raise money for the school, so […]

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M-A students design original origami crane dresses for this year’s fashion show

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When nearly 200 seniors take the stage March 21 in Menlo-Atherton High School’s annual fashion show, they will be outnumbered by thousands of cranes. Thousands of colorful multi-size origami cranes, to be precise, artfully designed into two show-stopping black floor-length gowns. “On the M-A announcements this year, they said the fashion show was offering a […]

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M-A grads Greg Kalin and Rich Branning take ClosetClicks to its next phase

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You’ve got to give M-A grads and friends-since-Hillview-School-days Greg Kalin (left in photo) and Rich Branning credit for looking the part. If you’re going to start a women’s fashion website — ClosetClicks — it’s best to look sharp. “We do try to present ourselves in a certain way,” acknowledged Greg. The duo, along with Rich’s younger brother, […]

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